joint ill lamb in need serious advice

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  1. georgi

    georgi New Member

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    we have a joint ill lamb that was abandoned by its mother due to blow fly infestation. The mother had maggots and passed them on to the baby and therefore we had to hand rear him. The maggots were sorted straight away but he is very joint ill now. We have seen a vet who put him on antibiotics and although there was a small improvement he still cannot walk. He is now 3 weeks old and is very perky and happy except for the fact that he can only stand and not really walk. Does anyone have any suggestions for further treatment that we can do ourselves or any experience of turning joint ill lambs around from this?? ANY help will be appreciated.
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  2. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

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    backachersfarm Well-Known Member

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    We had one of these afew yrs ago. We decided it was from his umbilical cord, even tho we treat with iodine, because there was no other injury. We were fortunate that the mother kept him even tho he had a hard time keeping up with her. we followed her around with him for a few days. We left him where he had to get up and try to run and he eventually got better, but it was a struggle to watch. His legs were a little stiff and front knees were swollen, but by the time we sold him at market you couldn't tell him from the rest of the mob.

    Sharon
     
  4. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    You could ask the vet if including a steroid theropy might not help reduce the swelling and delivering the antibiotics to the affected area. What did the vet prescribe? PenG?
     
  5. len

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    I had a lamb this spring with joint ill. One front knee joint puffy, about the size of a golfball, lamb could put no weight on that foot. The vet prescribed 1/2 cc Tribissen (sp?) morning and night for 6 days. Took 3-4 weeks but she recovered OK. The illness did set her back compared to other lambs her age.
    My vet was not optimistic about her chances, says joint ill/navel ill is hard to treat once it gets established.
    Hope all works out for you,